Like almost everyone else in the country, Sen. Robert Dole has received a letter from American Family Publishers, telling him that he is one of the potential Top 10 winners. In it, "Tonight Show" sidekick Ed McMahon tells Dole that if he returns the unsolicited entry form by June 26, he could be the winner of "Ten Million Dollars."

But unlike most people, who throw the junk mailer away, the Senate Republican leader sent a letter to McMahon pointing out that "As I am seriously considering running for president, I am prohibited by federal law from accepting contributions which exceed $1,000 per person. Corporate contributions are strictly prohibited." Dole, who has one of the best senses of humor on the Hill, offered an alternative. "However, Ed," he added, "I might suggest that you and your wife each contribute $1,000 and, to make up the additional $9,998,000, ask 9,998 of your friends to contribute $1,000 each as well. In this way I could then accept your generous offer of $10,000,000. I look forward to hearing from you soon." And Now, Tip's Beer Controversy Former House speaker Tip O'Neill is coming under criticism for his Miller Lite beer TV commercial from the widow of a television reporter killed two years ago by a drunk driver. The Boston widow, Paula Childs, urged O'Neill to seek cancellation of the commercial he appears in with former baseball player Bob Uecker. In the commercial, taped at Boston's famed Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Uecker makes humorous mistakes, such as saying his forebears landed at "Plymouth Dock."

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that O'Neill wrote to Childs to assure her he shared her concerns about drunk driving and alcoholism and believes the commercial in no way condones it. As for the Uecker character, O'Neill wrote that neither he nor Uecker portrays a drunk and that "Mr. Uecker is depicted as a kind of know-it-all character who in reality knows very little, if anything, about the subject which he is discussing." Not satisfied, Childs, who is seeking a ban on advertising alcoholic products, wrote another letter to O'Neill saying that such commercials send a confusing message to kids, telling them to say no to drugs but yes to beer. Out and About Royal Watch: And he can paint, too. Prince Charles has painted a watercolor that has been chosen for the summer show of the prestigious Royal Academy. About 90 percent of the entries to the show were rejected. The prince, however, fearing that he might receive preferential treatment if anyone knew his identity, reportedly entered the small work signed "C" under the name Arthur G. Carrick. Arthur and George are his given names and among his many titles is Earl of Carrick ...

Noted writer Susan Sontag is to be unanimously elected president of PEN American Center at today's meeting. Since she was the only candidate nominated to head the American branch of the international writers' association, Sontag, the author of such works as "The Benefactor" and "On Photography," will succeed novelist Hortense Calisher ...

Settlements reportedly have been reached in the wrongful-death lawsuits filed by the families of the two children killed in a helicopter crash on the set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie." A Los Angeles radio station was reporting yesterday that the out-of-court settlements are believed to involve a multimillion-dollar sum to be paid to the families of Myca Dinh Lee, 7, and Renee Chen, 6, by Warner Bros., the producers of the film. The settlement was reportedly reached last week while a Superior Court jury was deliberating in the criminal involuntary manslaughter trial of director John Landis and four associates. The jury acquitted Landis and the others last Friday ...

Those cicadas may be singing lovely songs in the night and getting underfoot, but at radio station WMJR-FM (107.7), they're an opportunity for a promotion. The Manassas station is sponsoring a "Cicada Search" for the area's biggest cicada. The grand prize is a one-year service contract from Arrest A Pest. The best news, however, is that the station's program director and morning host, Mark Lapidus, says, "It's a contest we promise to do only every 17 years" ...